NWSL investigating incident between Harris, ref

Jeff Kassouf July 3, 2014 86

Ashlyn Harris' apparent push of a referee is under review. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

The National Women’s Soccer League is looking into an incident involving Washington Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and referee Dimitar N. Chavdarov in the 87th minute of Wednesday’s match.

Harris appeared to push Chavdarov after he intervened with Harris, who was confronting Boston Breakers forward Jazmine Reeves. A league spokesman said that the NWSL has asked the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), who assigns officials to all NWSL matches, to review the incident. Should PRO deem action is required, the NWSL Disciplinary Committee would then get involved.

PRO is expected to look at the incident by the end of Thursday night.

As of 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, neither the Spirit nor the Breakers had asked for official review of the incident. Teams have 48 hours following a match to do so.

“I think it was just one of those games where everyone was just kind of losing control,” Harris said after the game. “I think the ref kind of let things get out of hand and every player was boiling at that point. I think players were put in situations where they could have been injured bad. There were tackles out there that shouldn’t have been. My hope is if this happens again, the referee can take a little bit more control of the game…It was just really unfortunate probably one of the worst games I’ve ever been a part of. “

Washington and Boston played to a 3-3 tie in the match, with the Breakers earning two penalty kicks in the first six minutes and the Spirit getting one of their own late in the match to tie the game, just minutes after the incident in question. Boston midfielder Maddy Evans received a straight red card earlier in the match for an attempted tackle on Spirit midfielder Lori Lindsey, though Evans did not appear to make contact.

Click here to watch the incident or skip ahead to the 2:35:45 mark in the video below to see the event in question:

  • Craigaroo

    I love Harris but she deserves a 1 or 2 match ban for this. I love the fiery side she has but sometimes it comes with consequences. And right now it’s starting to look like the referee got most of the big calls right. If anything, the calls that were most questionable are the ones that went FOR Washington, Harris’ team, not the other way around.

    • Lance Scallop

      If the NWSL wants to have any credibility left at all she absolutely has to be suspended at least 2-3 games depending on what kind of message the league wants to send.

      LOL to the people who think that wasn’t an intentional shove of a referee.

      • newsouth

        remember the women players can do no wrong.

      • EbaJ

        If they want credibility they will get officials who know how to call the game and are not the story of the game.

  • justsomeguy

    harris jumps the trigger way too fast

    • Kriegs

      Most accurate comment so far.

  • http://sportsmyriad.com Beau

    Don’t need contact to get red. If I try to punch someone, I get red, even if I miss. Evans’ tackle was an ankle-breaker with no attempt to play the ball. See ya.

    I don’t mind people LOLing at me, but that was no shove. Do you guys really think a ref who sent off Washington’s assistant coach for dissent at halftime would take no action if someone really pushed him?

    • Craigaroo

      Gotta admit if it was almost anyone but you I’d be calling you loony :-) What the heck is she doing then? I think she’s just lucky for the sake of these conversations that the referee was turning quickly to step between Reeves and Kriegs. Absolutely agree with your basic rationale on the red card; have to defer to the judgment of people who actually know the game as to whether that deserved red or not. But I have no problem with a red even when there’s no contact. Lindsey had to make a quick move with her right foot to not get taken out and she was pretty mad about it – you can see her make the gesture calling for a card. To the ref’s credit, it’s clear he had already decided it was a booking. Didn’t hesitate at all. Maybe took a few steps to decide whether to show red or yellow but it’s clear that was a cardable offense in his mind the way he whistled the play dead and was walking over to the spot of the foul.

    • jeffkassouf

      The ‘no contact needed’ is directly applicable to the Harris incident. Intent will surely be part of the review.

      • http://sportsmyriad.com Beau

        Sort of. Force matters as well. If I touch you on the shoulder, that’s nothing. If I punch you in the shoulder, that’s probably going to get questioned.

        In this case, we know how hard Evans slid. We all saw it.

        To my eyes, it looks like Harris’s move is more of a gesture than a shove. The ref would have felt whatever force Harris had. By his lack of action, I’m thinking he felt what I saw.

        • Lance Scallop

          Gesture? Two hands full force from the chest to fully extended? Wow. We totally disagree on this one.

          • alyssa

            maybe because he was actually at the game he saw it differently, the video only shows one angle and in order to make an accurate decision in sports in general you definitely need more than one

        • guest

          He’s already backing away when she clearly pushes out at him, even if she doesn’t actually push him the intent is obvious. I’m sorry but actually lashing out at an official like that deserves a suspension, regardless of how horrible the officiating was. The intent to push him is there and that’s where she stepped over the line.

          • EbaJ

            Does the official deserve to be suspended? He put both hands on her chest, stepped on her feet and was up close and personal. What is the code of conduct for a ref? Should he be putting his hands on a player or getting so close he is stepping on her feet? Did his unprofessional action induced Harris’s reaction? Look at the tape and his position before backing off.

          • guest

            His hands weren’t on her chest, his hands were on her shoulders to keep her from going after Reeves. He stepped between the players because it looks like he felt there was a confrontation brewing. She retaliated by pushing him. In a perfect world they’d both serve suspensions.

          • adfds

            if you watch the whole incident you can clearly see that she’s not ‘going after Reeves’ and appeared to be trying to reason with her

          • EbaJ

            I think both should get a written warning and lets move on. Given the emotions going on in this match, his touching her – one hand on shoulder, the other on her chest and so close he was stepping on her feet – resulted in a normal human reaction in the heat of the moment. No harm, no foul, ref didn’t issue a card or care, too much debate. In the men’s game refs do not touch players for good reason. Both need to learn from this “incident”.

    • wosofan

      It was ugly though. Right? Like Carli may or may not have punched DiBernardo, but it was ugly and warranted a suspension.

    • Sam Clarkson

      Please… the Evans tackle was a warning, yellow at most with no contact because Lindsey avoided it. The Harris push was an obvious push and should have been a red card. Had Krieger not been holding Reeves with both hands it probably would have been a goal with her half way to the half line given her fantastic ball skills. The tie goal, total dive job, even the Washington announcers were laughing about it. There must have been 2 games on last night.

      • StarCityFan

        Must have been, considering that on the broadcast linked to above, color commentator Malagari says, “I absolutely think that was PK-worth.” No laughter there.

      • http://sportsmyriad.com Beau

        The Washington commentators have the least homer bias in the league. They’re aware that most viewers are from out of town.

        • guest

          good joke

  • Guest

    Not excusing harris but it pro and the nwsl is going to suspend people for confronting and composing about refs, the least the league can do is not use awful refs

    • Craigaroo

      Except it’s becoming clear this ref got most of the big calls right.

      • http://sportsmyriad.com Beau

        He *maybe* got the big calls. But there was a constant stream of dubious calls that had both teams complaining. Spirit assistant was sent off at halftime, and the PKs were nowhere near the full extent of the coaching staff’s concerns.

        • Craigaroo

          Except no one is bothering to point out any specific instances besides the “big calls”. And sure, that’s what Washington’s coaches are saying — like we’re going to believe the two PKs were no big deal. They sure were for Harris at the time. You can see it on the video. Heh, I would never shoot the messenger, Beau, but you may want to duck because I’m thinking of firing away at the players and coaches on both sides :-) I’m getting mighty upset with them the more I read.

          • http://sportsmyriad.com Beau

            Oh, I already wound up on them in my blog post.

            I already spent hours on that. I don’t have the energy to go through and catalog every call.

            By Harris standards, that was agreement. :)

          • Craigaroo

            You wound up on them? I didn’t see that. You seemed to give credence to their opinion that the ref was poor. I just watched the entire first half and he did a good job.

          • EbaJ

            Late calls on offsides several times, calling a foul and not allowing the team fouled and in possession to play through with the advantage, inability to communicate with the team captains are just a few points besides the “big calls”. This ref and crew were terrible and both teams and coaches were livid.

          • Craigaroo

            I know that’s your honest opinion but I just watched the 1st half carefully and my answer is this: BS! Wow, what an outrage – slow mechanics in calling the offside! Not an offside goal that’s allowed, not an onside goal that’s disallowed, not a wrong offside call but let’s all get outraged over slow mechanics. Are you kidding me?!!! Verbal warnings on at least two occasions in the first half. And when is this failure to play the advantage thing because I just saw one in the first half where he did play the advantage, called back for the foul and the announcers had no clue what happened? And oh God, that’s losing control of the game anyway, a blown advantage call. BS!!!

          • EbaJ

            With all due respect, we can agree to disagree. Two coaches and multiple national team players from different countries on both teams agreed that this official lost control of this game. You asked for other issues that caused a problem in this match I provided some of them. I didn’t say that a single one of these was the cause. Look a little bigger picture of the match as a whole. You need to look at the totality of the performance by the refs. For you to say that the ref did not lose control of this match is, in my opinion, not substantiated by the players, the coaches and those watching the action live in the stadium (as I was) all across the board, on both sides. Maybe this is one of those you had to be there moments.

          • Craigaroo

            Maybe you’re right you had to be there. And we can agree to disagree but why can’t you come to terms with any of the replies I gave? What is it about the mechanics of offsides that we fans are supposed to be so outraged over? In the totality of the game, isn’t it more important that he looked after the welfare of the players with his decisions on hard tackles, physical play, etc. Who has sight of the bigger picture here? You or me? But I’m a charitable guy (in case no one’s noticed…) and I see how you are right — the actions and feelings of the players and coaches shows that. What we have here is a really interesting philosophical situation about how we say we want matches to be called but the reality is we’re kidding ourselves. To whit, we say we don’t want refs swallowing the whistle just because it’s early in the match and yet this match shows we’re not prepared for that. Not as players, coaches or fans.

          • EbaJ

            The timing of calls is important because the longer the play continues the more chance for injury if a keeper comes out a defender comes from behind, etc. I am not outraged at all about a missed offsides here or there but about the delay in making the call by officials paid to watch them as thier primary responsibility. As to welfare of players I agree that is the most important task. Ther start of this was in response to the broader question about the game management by the officiating crew. I actually doon’t think we are disagreeing on the core questions.

          • romel dias

            the new rules allow an assistant to call an offiside only when the player in question touches a ball! this arose due to instances when either there is another player that is onside and can affect play (if the offside player doesn’t get involved on the first touch) or if a defender chooses to make a pass (that could lead to playing the offside player into an onside position)

          • http://sportsmyriad.com Beau

            From being there — there were indeed times in which the ref simply wasn’t looking at the AR when he should’ve been. In one case, a team official actually yelled to him to check. He finally did, then blew the whistle.

            And his manner came across as condescending. He was lecturing people over nothing.

            It was a weird, weird game. Reviewing the big plays calmed my opinion of the ref a good bit, but when both teams say both teams suffered …

  • S

    If you are going to report on this please include her complete statement from the match. It’s only fair, I know the media edits for appeal, but in this case her whole comment is deserved. It’s as if some take every opportunity to highlight the bad (which this was) but never wants to highlight the good (which is evident this season and with the USWNT).

    • jeffkassouf

      Spare me the “media edits.” That’s a long quote, and not at all out of context. This isn’t some media initiative — it’s a straight report.

      • Tylenol

        but assuming you already had a confrontation and the video really is not that this Harris confronting the player boston, how touching her shoulder that this does not show absolutely no confrontation, as you call it

      • D23

        Then, and I say this with respect and as a great admirer of your site, you should probably refrain from using the comments section. People will find it more difficult to accept a ‘straight report’ as just that if you are adding to it in the comments section. There is a discussion above about the red card incident which you chose to relate to the incident with Harris. You can’t then blame people for thinking your opinion might influence your straight reporting.

        • jeffkassouf

          Pretty common for someone to comment in defense of being misrepresented.

          • what are you doing

            How many journalists can/do defend themselves? I’m sorry, but that’s not how reporting works. You can ignore the criticism or review the comments and decide if changes are warranted. If you find no flaws in your approach which you appear to believe you have nothing to do.

      • S

        My comment is not a personal attack on your journalistic integrity…however, your comments over the past hour would make anyone question why you are so defensive. I am an adult soccer fan, generally appreciate the Equalizer’s coverage of woso, have maybe commented on an article once in the last six months. I think we all have players were prefer over others (I know I do – it’s not Harris though I appreciate her GK skills)…But I typically expect a journalist such as yourself to be unbiased – and for the most part you are – in fact I did not find this article overtly biased – I just wanted you to include ALL known information: Like that fact that the ref did not react or card Harris; that he has had multiple issues on the pitch; that he lost control of the game; and include her entire quote. Am I defending her actions- absolutely not! A review is more than appropriate. But when your reporting on certain players omits or downplays positive play and attributes (which there are many over the past year) and highlights the negative (which this is) it’s seems unbalanced. You do not have an easy job – I appreciate that – but it should be ok for your audience to express their opinions as well.

        • Sam Clarkson

          I hardly think it’s unique to an author to step in and comment. I’ve seen it on other websites where the participants are generally civilized. Personally I like it, shows the author cares about how his words might be getting twisted around. It may not have been a verbatim transcription, but he certainly didn’t cherry pick as Beau attests to below.

    • http://sportsmyriad.com Beau

      I was present for Harris’s interview — this is a fair representation of what she said.

  • Rdalford

    I would hope that PRO reviews the entire game tape. Many people (fans, coaches, media etc) have questions about ref calls throughout this game.

  • Xe

    I still don’t think Ashlyn was “confronting” Reeves. Looked more like the regular talking you get during games. It’s entirely possible she was trying to lead Reeves away from Krieger – who was absolutely trying to confront Reeves (and boy would I love to know what happened to make Krieger lose her head. That doesn’t happen often). My interpretation of the situation was that Ashlyn was surprised by the ref running interference because there was nothing untoward going on.

    Of course at this point everything is still nothing more than speculation. I do hope the relevant bodies at least speak to each of the involved individuals before passing judgement.

    • Sam Clarkson

      The untoward going on was Krieger holding Reeves with both hands to keep her from getting to Harris with Harris way out of the goal and no one behind them. It was the ref turning away from Harris to pay attention to Krieger and Reeves that may have distracted him sufficiently from the shove he got from Harris.

      • Xe

        I’m well aware of what can be seen on the stream. Lord knows I’ve watched that part enough times. I was referring to the interaction between Harris and Reeves. I didn’t see any ill-intent, it just looked like a normal onfield chatter. So I could understand if Harris was surprised to see the ref suddenly in her face with his hands upon her person. If she was actually trying to defuse the Krieger/Reeves situation then getting that kind of reaction would likely have been rather infuriating.

        It was just a bad situation all round, and it was the referee who managed to create that environment. That’s why I would be very disappointed if there were any significant repercussions from this embarrassing episode. I say draw a line under it and move on – preferably with Mr Chavdarov not stepping foot onto an NWSL pitch any time soon.

        • Sam Clarkson

          Mr. Chavdarov shouldn’t step foot on any pitch beyond the U-12 level, totally agree there. That said, I’m sure Harris wasn’t in the best mood after the 2 PK’s, both of which appear deserved when you look at both the video and photographs taken from different angles. Doesn’t matter though, I still play and I get pissed at ref’s all the time, but wouldn’t dream of pushing one regardless of the circumstances and believe me, ours are even worse than NWSL refs.

          • Craigaroo

            ‘Zounds! God’s blood! You say Mr Chavdarov shouldn’t ref anything beyond U12 yet you agree both of the first two PKs were deserved! How many refs do you think call one, let alone both of those PKs in the first 6 minutes of the match?!

          • Sam Clarkson

            Ya, absolutely, but for different reasons than you obviously. Based on both the video and photographs I thought both of the Boston PK’s were warranted, I thought the red was a farce and I thought the PK for the tying goal was a flop. In addition to those major points there is the whole issue of the Harris/Krieger/Reeves dance which I’m sure PRO now doesn’t want any further attention to. Beyond that he made a lot of mid-field calls that seemed unexplainable for invisible fouls both ways as well as not allowing advantage situations to play out.

          • Craigaroo

            Re harris/Krieger/Reeves he even spotted Krieger’s foul on Reeves. Yellow card. You arguing that one? Even the commentators on replay said that was a good call. Give me example of midfield calls. I looked at the tape. Are you talking minute 41 when Sanderson gets bumped into as she passes the ball? I wondered if he would call that one. He played advantage then called the play back for the foul when the ad didn’t materialize. Give us some examples. I’m open for discussion but give me examples damnit. I looked at the tape. Most people havent

  • guest

    The best thing that could come out of this would be not allowing Chavdarov officiate another game. He allows games to get out of hand and reach boiling point, look at the game that he was in charge of between Seattle and Chicago a few weeks ago. You could also use the US Open Cup game between Columbus and Indy Eleven against him.

    • Craigaroo

      Tell me how he was to blame for Seattle and Chicago. Chicago, from what most fans seem to say, has a very physical, tough-defensive style. Seattle, although more of a finesse team, is not a shrinking violet (you can’t be in this league). If fans say they don’t want to see good players get hurt and the style of the league to become too ugly, what do they expect from the referee? He gave out nine yellow cards but managed to avoid making any single game-changing controversial call. Could he have carded Chicago one or two times sooner? Perhaps. I think Rachel Quon deserved a yellow near the end of the first half (the center referee probably needed the help of the AR for that one where it took place on the field). But he clearly showed he wasn’t going to swallow his whistle and keep the cards tucked in his pocket, so what do you want? It was a tough game but it didn’t reach boiling point.

      • guest

        He allowed the game to get to the point where he was forced into handing out 9 yellow cards. Clearly handing out all the cards did little to deter an overly physical Chicago team, but perhaps having a tighter grip on the game could have saved both teams a bit of grief. Maybe it wasn’t boiling point but that game was unnecessarily physical and poorly handled by the officiating crew.

        • Craigaroo

          What’s he supposed to do? It’s easy for you to say but what is he supposed to do? It’s not like the match was so dirty that there should’ve been red cards allover the place. Even the elbow to Winters was borderline as Sitch didn’t jab her elbow way out; her arm stayed fairly close to her side. I suggest the opposite – it was no more physical than many a NWSL game but at least the ref wasn’t afraid to bring out the cards. A few more refs do that and it might make for cleaner play, better soccer.

          • guest

            There are some refs that clearly don’t have the ability to keep games in check, whether the players don’t respect him or whatever, the games he’s been in charge of have gotten absurd and even handing out cards doesn’t calm anything, this guy is one of them. He doesn’t deserve to be a center official. So far he’s been in charge of two games this season that have had more people talking about the quality of the officiating than the quality of the game played.

          • Craigaroo

            You know, as much as the video evidence is against you, I take your point seriously . You’re right. It may be something we just can’t see – like you say the lack of respect or something. On the other hand, I think it’s fair also to look at the video evidence and say, why wouldn’t you want the match called like this? Because no one’s happy about any of the other games that are being called ; yet we know they’re not being called like this. We complain about it getting too chippy and players getting injured – it’s at least fair to ask are other refs too slow to pull out the cards, right? So why doesn’t it work when a ref is willing to pull them out? You may be right Mr Chavdarov shouldn’t ref games but yet be wrong that we shouldn’t learn something from his games and seriously ask, what IS wrong? Because a lot of his calls look right.

          • Silver Frost

            I’ve never seen a fan so fanatically defend a bad ref. Are you related to this guy?

          • Steglitz49

            Why are NWSL games being refereeed by male refs? Just curious.

          • http://sportsmyriad.com Beau

            Women are too smart to take on such a thankless job.

            Seriously — I do feel for refs. It’s a brutal job. And a lot of the people who criticize (including, somehow, some TV commentators who played professionally) don’t know the Laws, let alone understand the mechanics.

          • Craigaroo

            I watched and re-watched this match up to the sending off. This was a really well-officiated match from what we can see on the replay. The bottom line is we say we don’t want refs to swallow the whistle just because it’s early in the match or late in the match. This match proves that’s not true. We’re kidding ourselves. you’re kidding yourself. We say we want a ref who won’t obsess about “evening things up”. If that means a 2nd PK it means a 2nd PK. We say these things but it’s not true. We’re kidding ourselves. You’re kidding yourself.

  • Calci0

    He let the game get out of hand?!? He handed out 5 Yellow cards, and a straight Red…….. At what point do the players take responsibility?!?

    • Craigaroo

      Boy I agree. I just watched the first half, stopping and taking notes and re-watching certain plays. Maybe the really bad stuff happens in the 2nd half but let me say why even one half should be pretty good time to take stock: because the Washington assistant coach got dismissed at half. Krieger went up to the refs and complained before leaving the field. Already at this point, Washington shows they feel the ref has “lost control of the match” as they put it. And you know what? Unless it’s the PKs which in their own words, it’s not, they are flat-out wrong. Total BS.

      • Sydonia

        How many pro games have you played? I’d sooner believe Krieger than a fan on EQ.

        • Craigaroo

          I like Kriegs, too. I can’t blame you :) But let’s be charitable and say this is an interesting situation where you’re at a crossroads in how, philosophically, you want a match to be refereed — and if Kriegs is right, why doesn’t the video evidence support her, her team, her coaches or Boston and their coaches.

    • Steglitz49

      Indeed. It is the duty and responsibility of the captains of the two teams to keep order among their ranks and ensure that the match is played sportingly in a comradely spirit of mutual trust, cleanly and fairly.

  • JAF

    No matter what you know the NWSL will make the wrong decision! Just like the refs they employ! How they make up rules as they go along! Or the ridiculous scheduling etc.

  • TN

    After looking at that scene several more times, don’t know if that’s an intentional shove of the referee. She definitely pushed him away, but I think Harris was meant to connect With Krieger, whom walked past both of them to get to Reeves.

    What a hot mess that game was, which is a fair representation of PRO, who is responsible for all the bad refereeing that also exist in MLS. There’s a reason only two American officials deemed qualified by FIFA to even call a WC match. I have absolutely no trust whatever PRO decides.

    • guest

      Please try again. Krieger is already beyond them by the time Harris pushes out.

      • TN

        Saw it again, nope, Krieger walked past both of them when Harris reached out. Krieger was shoulder to shoulder of the referee. Maybe you should watch it again.

        • guest

          She’s not in Harris’ direct reach, not with the pushing action Harris uses during this situation. If Harris was aiming for her she would have pushed out at her left, instead she is pushing out straight in front of her, at the ref.

          • TN

            I know she pushed the referee, I said that in my original post. What I said was that she was meaning to reach Krieger, whom was about 1 inch away from him since the referee has his hand blocking her from moving.

          • guest

            And again, I’m pointing out that the geometry of the situation doesn’t match your argument. Krieger is not at the angle that Harris pushes out at, she’s not even where Harris is looking during the situation.

          • TN

            How can you tell from that angle though? Krieger walked right behind the ref, who was blocking her from getting to Reeves. Krieger even brushed him, when Harris reached out, Krieger was shoulder to shoulder and then quickly behind the ref.

          • guest

            Krieger is beyond the ref before Harris pushes out, she’s not shoulder level with him at that moment. From the angle on the stream, Harris is looking up at the ref in the seconds before he backs away to deal with Krieger and Reeves and before Harris pushes out at him.

          • TN

            The referee was turning sideway though, and from the stream that angle, it looks like when Harris pushed him, he (turning) already saw that Krieger was next to him and he quickly turned to deal with that. So when Harris actually pushed, he was side to side with Krieger looking at Reeves.

  • Steglitz49

    Why are men refereeing women’s matches in the NWSL, the US top and show-case league? In a country of 315m inhabitants where soccer has been a popular game among ladies for more than a generation, there ought to be enough quality female refs to handle the few games in the NWSL.

    By all means let the linesmen and 4th official be male but the referee should be a woman (except i cases where a late replacement is forced) in NWSL matches.

    If women can’t be bothered to referee women’s matches the whole credibility of women’s soccer as a pro-sport is in jeopardy. USSoccer must tackle this simple issue.

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  • john

    Well I was at the game and watching from beside the press box so my angle matched those sitted there. My immediate reaction was Harris should be gone. Don’t know how many of you ever ref, but I certainly seen games where both teams have an agenda other than playing soccer. That said an official can get calls wrong and still manage the game or vice versa. The issue with this fellow seems to be management. As the second half started the ejected DC coach was sitting beside the press box (he was shortly led away). He claimed he wasn’t complaining about the PKs. The only “neutral” person who might have heard the exchange is the security escort. I’m a little bothered that PRO is doing the review. Hard to picture them as disinterested and unbiased party. Lastly I’m interested in the quality of the official not the gender of the official.

    • Craigaroo

      Thanks for offering your view of things. As for the assistant coach, if he wasn’t complaining about the PKs, what the goshdarnhell was he complaining about? What, in the first half, was so upsetting about the officiating that his entire team was losing it, that he was losing it, and that we as fans are supposed to share his outrage. Because let me tell you, I re-watched the video and I don’t see it. Poor mechanics on offisde??? Really??? We’re supposed to go ballistic over that???

  • K

    Wow, I think if it was Harris’ intent to push the ref, he would have been on his a*! without a doubt. He misjudged that situation and acted inappropriately by putting both hands on her shoulders and getting in her face. I would love to see what would have happened to him had he done the same thing to a top men’s GK. But that’s the thing, he probably wouldn’t even dare to put his hands on a fellow man, but felt his male authority constituted him doing so to Harris. She doesn’t deserve a ban, but he certainly deserves to be removed from reffing any more NWSL games. He was the same ref that was part of the SEA vs CHI game that was littered with inconsistency and incompetency on his part. Plus a post game ruling on a foul that should’ve been a red card, but was never called. This is how you get athletes hurt. Refs are hired to manage games, not impact the game so significantly that it changes the course of the game. The man should not be reffing NWSL games, let alone any other level of the game.

    • Craigaroo

      You are absolutely wrong. Not one of you has been able to show what these inconsistencies were in Seattle vs Chicago, or even able to show which of the nine cards was unwarranted. In fact, you argue that one of the yellows should have been red, which I think is a debatable call. But you can’t say the failure to call red on that led to too much physical play. That card came in the 2nd half when he had already shown yellow around 5 times. So where’s your logic on that?

  • Bohratom

    Considering they suspended Carli LLoyd 2 games for a play in which she did not even receive a card and definately did not deserve a suspension they better at least give her 2+ games for pushing a Ref.

    • Okay

      We can agree Lloyd should have received a card on that play then and then the suspension would be just. Harris should be suspended as well.